An Orange County mom was randomly attacked and beaten by three girls as her child watched from a school bus Tuesday morning -- an attack the youngsters said they launched for fun, police said.
The incident happened about 7:50 a.m. at the intersection of Route 9W and Ledyard Street in New Windsor, town police Sgt. Stephen Sager said in a statement. Three girls, two of them 13 years old and one of them 12, attacked the 34-year-old woman "for no apparent reason" just after she put her child on a bus at the stop there, Sager said.
"The investigation revealed no provocation from the victim, no prior relationship between the victim and the suspects ... really just a random act of violence, with no motive other than something for the girls to do," town police Det. Chris Sager said.
The woman repeatedly was kicked, punched and dragged by her hair by the three and suffered head and internal injuries, along with cuts and bruises all over her body, police said.
The victim was treated at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital for her injuries and released, Det. Chris Sager said.
Responding police quickly found the girls at a nearby apartment, where they admitted to the attack, police said. They told police the attack was called "mobbing" or "popping" on somebody and that it was done for fun, Stephen Sager said.
Chris Sager said New Windsor police haven't received any similar reports of "mobbing" or "popping" incidents but, "The girls indicated to detectives that they might have been involved with it before."
One of the girls was suspended from school and the other two hadn't reported to class yet, so they decided to assault the victim when they saw her while walking through the area, police said.
There was no indication the girls knew the victim previously, Chris Sager said. "The victim just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," Chris Sager said.
The girls, whose names police withheld because of their age, were charged with second-degree gang assault, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor. The endangering charge was added because the woman's child witnessed the attack, Chris Sager said.
The trio were processed and turned over to their parents to await a future appearance in Orange County Family Court.